Orlin Clark

Orlin Howard Clark passed away April 27, 2024 at the age of 99, in Hudson, WI at Christian Community Homes.

Orlin was born in a log cabin in Vinton, IA on April 30, 1924 and grew up around Ellicottville, NY. Orlin worked for the B&O Railroad at a nearby switching station as a telegraph operator, earning a retirement through the railroad system.

Orlin was a WWII veteran, entering the U.S. Army Air Corps, Military Police branch on February 11, 1943. He was subsequently assigned to duty in Natal, Brazil providing airfield security until his discharge in September 28, 1945.

Orlin attended the Harley-Davidson motorcycle school in Milwaukee, WI, where he met his wife-to-be, M. Virginia Pump. They married on August 15, 1951 and had two daughters, Darlene (Dee) and Lori.
Orlin and family settled in Springville, NY, where Orlin owned a Gulf gas station for many years, providing numerous services to the local community. Orlin and his father also started a prosperous Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Agency.

In the fall of 1970 Orlin moved his family to Florida, settling in Leesburg.

Orlin became a salesman for a new development called Hawthorne. He was recognized for selling over half the available units, for a 1979 value of over $14 million dollars. He also enjoyed restoring bicycles, creating a small business in his later years which gave him the title of “The Bike Guy.”

Orlin and his wife Ginny moved to Hudson in 2019 to be near local family. They lived in Wintergreen, then moved to CCH. Orlin spent his time doing art projects, and enjoyed creating a painted rock snake for the garden at CCH. Orlin’s humor brightened lives throughout his long life.

Orlin is survived by his daughters Dee (Robert) Mongrain, Lori (Paul) Adams, brother Gary Clark, granddaughters Lindsey (Dennis) Burnett, Kristen (Chase) Williams, Kyley (Jon) Lindholm, 7 great grand-children and a niece. He is preceded in death by his wife Ginny, and parents Harold and Eleanor Clark. Private internment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
Special thanks to the CCH staff and Lakeview Hospice for their devoted care and family support.


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